Causes of Burning Legs and Joint Pain

Updated February 21, 2017

Burning legs and joint pain are common complaints especially among the elderly, diabetics and gout patients. But some conditions can cause burning legs and joint pain at any age. There are various causes for burning legs and joint pain, and several ways to alleviate the problems.

Conditions That Cause Burning Legs

The most common conditions include: peripheral neuropathy, caused by nerve damage; diabetic neuropathy which is nerve damage due to diabetes, alcohol abuse, smoking or renal failure; and thyrotoxicosis, also called hyperthyroidism, caused when there are high levels of thyroid hormones in the blood.

Liver failure, vitamin B-12 deficiency, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, which causes fatigue and loss of sensory function at the arms and legs, and allergic reactions to drugs can also cause burning legs but are less common.

Conditions That Cause Joint Pain

The prevalent causes include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fractures, septic arthritis, tendinitis, lupus, bursitis, osteomyelitis, rheumatic fever and depressive disorders.

Gout, ankylosing spondylitis which is arthritis of the spine, chronic fatigue syndrome, gonorrhoea and inflammatory bowel disease are less common causes of joint pain.

Relief from Burning Legs

Topical creams such as Capsaicin can be applied to the skin, and medications like antidepressants, aspirin and ibuprofen can be taken under the guidance of your doctor.

It cannot be stressed enough, how much a healthy diet along with 30 minutes of walking a day can help those suffering from burning legs and joint pain. For those with serious cases of joint pain and burning legs, it is best to get a doctor's approval before starting an exercise routine.

How to Relieve Joint Pain

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, COX 2 inhibitors, hydroxychloroquine and steroids (rarely), can be used to relieve joint pain with your doctor's consent.

A healthy weight, physical therapy, massages, cold compresses, heat application treatments, a balanced diet and hydrotherapy (water therapy) can greatly reduce joint pain.


Maintain a healthy life style with a well balanced diet and regular workouts. Pay attention to your movements, posture, and basic body mechanics and avoid stress to prevent damage due to excessive strain. These simple lifestyle changes help reduce the impact of conditions that cause burning legs and joint pain.

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Norah Faith was born and raised in Texas and from there she has traveled nationally and internationally. After acquiring her teaching license from New Mexico State University, she found herself teaching ESL around the world. She continues to teach today and finds satisfaction writing for Demand Studios and other sites.